University Level Classes

The reserve is an outdoor laboratory where students learn about field methods, experimentation, species identification, conservation, restoration programs, etc.  Classes in non-science fields are also welcome to visit.

The staff of the reserve can assist faculty with species identification, background information, logistics, and provide guided tours.  

The reserve’s proximity to campus is ideal for student research projects.  The reserve staff can assist with project ideas and help students design experiments that are feasible within the time restrictions of the student.

The Nature Center opened in 2017, and is now available to support classes that need a laboratory, museum, or conference room. 

All classes visiting the reserve require prior approval from the Reserve Director.  

Submit a class application here.

8th- 12th Grade Classes

The reserve is open to 8th – 12th grade classes with supervision from a tour guide.  In some special cases, lower grades with a science program may be granted visitation.   

Seasonal closures:

Groups are permitted on approved trails and on Sands beach. The beach along the Snowy Plover nesting area may be closed to large groups during the nesting season (April-July) to reduce the risk of trampling on small chicks that walk away from the nesting area.  Small groups (less than 10) may visit the Snowy Plover nesting area from a distance if accompanied by the Reserve Director or Conservation Specialist.


The tidepools in front of the Reserve have been designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA).  Collecting and handling organisms is prohibited in Marine Protected Areas. 

All classes visiting the reserve require prior approval from the Reserve Director.  Please submit an online application.